Willow Handbag with Leather Handle

Tutor: Leilah Vyner

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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This workshop will guide you through the fascinating process of willow weaving and you will make a useful and pretty willow basket with leather handles. You will have a choice of different colours to weave into your handbag and will have a finished product to take away with you at the end of the day.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers, you will use square basketry techniques to create your masterpiece as Leilah will guide you through the different types of weave. It will be a full but fun and productive day.

The approx dimensions of the bag will be : 17cm wide by 30 cm long by 22cm tall.

Please note this workshop is hard work for the hands and not suitable for anyone with arthritis in their hands.

There is a £10 material charge payable on the day.

Click below to see a list of items you need to bring with you for the workshop.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Bring your own secateurs if you have them, but it isn't essential as tools will be provided. Make sure you are wearing clothes that you don't mind messing up that are not too baggy as they may get caught up in the willow. Also if you have sensitive hands, bring some gardening gloves.

This is an intensive day that will take its toll on your hands so leave the manicure until the week after!

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